If you have a Raspberry Pi Model B+, you must use RetroPie v4.4 or newer.
RetroPie 4.4 is out, bringing with it Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ support via our new Raspbian Stretch based images. Raspbian Jessie is no longer receiving firmware and kernel updates, so the move to the new version was required.
For RPI users it is recommended to start from a fresh image with this update. It is possible to upgrade the system from Jessie to Stretch but there have been reports of issues by some people when doing so.
RetroPie 4.4 is released - 14th April 2018
RetroPie v4.3 has a known compatibility issue with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.
The bootloader included with Raspbian Jessie (v8) doesn't support the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. As a result, RetroPie v4.3 fails to boot on a Pi 3 B+ with a rainbow screen and a low-power symbol. RetroPie's developers are currently testing an update to support Raspberry Stretch (v9).
Until RetroPie v4.4 is released, Pi 3 B+ owners have two options.
Method 1 - Install a RetroPie 'Stretch' beta image
Follow the standard install process for RetroPie, only using the latest beta.
- Download the newest beta image for RetroPie 4.3.x (Stretch).
- Format your SD card
- Write the
.img.gz file to your SD card.
- Insert the SD card into your Raspberry Pi and turn on the power.
Method 2 - Manually install RetroPie over Raspbian Stretch
You can find the full manual install guide on GitHub, but to summarize:
- Make a clean install of Raspbian with the NOOBS installer.
Update existing APT packages.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Verify that locale settings have all been set. (Usually to
Install required packages for RetroPie's setup script
sudo apt-get install git lsb-release
Download and execute the latest RetroPie setup script
git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup.git
chmod +x retropie_setup.sh
On the setup menu, select Basic Install
You should now be able to launch RetroPie from the terminal by typing
If you want to boot directly to RetroPie on startup, re-open the setup script and select:
Configuration / tools -> Autostart -> Start Emulation Station at boot